Mayhem happened in Apapa, Lagos this afternoon as a policeman attached to Diamond Bank on Burma Road allegedly shot dead three trailer drivers.
According to an eye witness who posted the incident on social media, Irate mob set the Diamond bank on fire as the management of the bank refused to release the trigger-happy policeman to the mob.
Awijare News gathered that a trailer driver wanted to park in front of the Diamond Bank since the entire Burma Road had been overtaken by indiscriminate parking by trailer and tanker drivers.
A policeman attached to the bank was said to have objected and in the process, a brawl ensued. The policeman was alleged to have fired at the driver, killing him immediately, while two more drivers were also shot dead as they tried to intervene.
Angered by the killing and the bank’s refusal to hand over the policeman to them, the driver’s colleagues moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables. The mob also set a Sterling Bank branch on Wharf Road ablaze.
Policemen from Rapid Response Squad, anti-riot squad and Area B command, as well as operatives from the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECEOFT have been deployed to the scene of the incident.
An eye witness said, “The tank drivers usually line their vehicles along the road and police will come to collect money from them, those that refuse to part with money will have their tyres deflated,” the witness said.
“This will be the second time the police will shoot a tanker driver this week,” he concluded.
Other Banks in the area hurriedly close for the day.